Why are you here? Where are you going? How will you get there? . . . These important questions will be answered, your spirit uplifted, and your relationship with God and neighbor will be supercharged if you attend God Is! A One Day Journey Closer to God” on Saturday, February 16, 2019. During this day of renewal, you hear the Good News proclaimed in a personal and compelling way, you will come to learn more about and better embrace the Sacraments, and you will grow closer to your parish family.
A team of parish members will present this awesome day of renewal. It will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 AM and concludes with our regularly scheduled Saturday evening Mass at 5 PM
The suggested donation for this day is $20.00 per person or $30.00 for two. All participants will receive breakfast and lunch and a set of inspirational and informative CDs from the Augustine Institute. Contact Laura Koeplin (815-762- 5670) or Jim Fitzgerald (815-899-7022) to obtain further information.
Here are some testimonies from St. Mary’s February 2018 God Is! Day of Renewal:
For me just talking with my group about my Faith. I don’t often express this out loud. I really enjoyed today. – Anonymous
Personal stories – realize I’m not alone. Awesome – to realize we do not walk alone through this journey called life. – Tina
I really enjoyed the break-out sessions we had – it was beneficial, especially since this was my first spiritual retreat. I especially liked the presentations that were given by each member of the church. Truly motivational and an inspiration. - Anonymous
Gaining that spiritual feeling again. The peacefulness that I received during the whole day! The presence of the Holy Spirit! -- Elise
The testimonies of each person. Helped strengthen my faith and reminded me of moments in my life I was touched by God. – Juan
The small groups were a wonderful was to discuss challenges and transformations in our faith. It was also a blessing to get to meet and know others in our parish. This was my second time at God Is and a beautiful reminder of the Trinity Compass. – Sandy
I benefited most from all the witness stories. It was encouraging to learn how far people have journeyed to get closer to God. I am still on my journey. – Anonymous
The speakers – letting us know how God has made a profound difference in their lives. Meeting members of the church. Small group discussions. Confession in unity. – Barbara
I loved the individual witness part. Knowing about is good, but hearing about it is priceless. It brought a realism to me. I also found receiving the sacraments, especially communion and confession, to be perfect. -- Anonymous
Every minute of the entire day. The impressive, beautiful, tear-jerking, personal stories. Thanks so much for sharing. I loved it! – Vicki